Past Tense

Past Tense Family secrets come back to haunt Jack Reacher in this electrifying thriller from New York Times bestselling author Lee Child a superb craftsman of suspense Entertainment Weekly Jack

  • Title: Past Tense
  • Author: Lee Child
  • ISBN: Past Tense
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    B079R2H6M9
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  • Family secrets come back to haunt Jack Reacher in this electrifying thriller from 1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child, a superb craftsman of suspense Entertainment Weekly Jack Reacher hits the pavement and sticks out his thumb He plans to follow the sun on an epic trip across America, from Maine to California He doesn t get far On a country road Family secrets come back to haunt Jack Reacher in this electrifying thriller from 1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child, a superb craftsman of suspense Entertainment Weekly Jack Reacher hits the pavement and sticks out his thumb He plans to follow the sun on an epic trip across America, from Maine to California He doesn t get far On a country road deep in the New England woods, he sees a sign to a place he has never been the town where his father was born He thinks, What s one extra day He takes the detour.At the same moment, in the same isolated area, a car breaks down Two young Canadians had been on their way to New York City to sell a treasure Now they re stranded at a lonely motel in the middle of nowhere The owners seem almost too friendly It s a strange place, but it s all there is.The next morning, in the city clerk s office, Reacher asks about the old family home He s told no one named Reacher ever lived in town He s always known his father left and never returned, but now Reacher wonders, Was he ever there in the first place As Reacher explores his father s life, and as the Canadians face lethal dangers, strands of different stories begin to merge Then Reacher makes a shocking discovery The present can be tough, but the past can be tense and deadly Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Kindle Edition, 400 pages Published November 5th 2018 by Dell More Details Original Title Past Tense ASIN B079R2H6M9 Edition Language English Series Jack Reacher 23, Jack Reacher Chronological Order 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Laconia It wasn t in Jacks game plan, but at the cr 4.5 Jack Reacher is back and tougher than ever And as anticipated, big trouble seems to be hot on his trail Once again, Jack Reacher is traveling along the back roads of America His way of avoiding unwanted attention Hitch hiking is a roll of the dice at best, and now he s found himself unexpectedly dropped off in New Hampshire He finds himself drifting back in time to his childhood, his father fondly telling him all about his hometown of Laconia It wasn t in Jacks game plan, but at the crossroads he now found himself at, has a choice to make It looks like all roads lead to Laconia, New Hampshire Home And that s the direction he s chosen Who says you can never go home Maybe it s high time to get in touch with his family roots.Shorty and Patty have concocted a fool proof plan They ll drive from Canada straight through to New York to make a quick sale for some easy money Only they didn t plan on getting stranded at what appears to be the Bates Motel There is definitely something strange going on in this odd ball place Are the motel owners trying to help them Orwhat exactly do they want from them As the two seemingly separate stories converge, the tension builds to an explosive crescendo.This is one of the darker Jack Reacher novels I ve read The story line of Patty and Shorty will have your heart pounding and your blood running cold If you re a Jack Reacher fan then this is a must read for you One of my favorites from the series so far Thank you to NetGalley, Random House Publishing Group Ballantine and Lee Childs for an ARC to read in exchange for an honest review flag 128 likesLike see review View all 47 comments Aug 01, 2018 Dorie Traveling Sister rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves mystery thriller, netgalley feedback, netgalley NOW AVAILABLE This is the second book by Lee Child that I have read and I definitely enjoyed this one than the other which was The Midnight Line I liked the dual storyline which converges later on in the story However I did feel that the one with Reacher in it, looking into his family tree to be quite slow moving and a bit dry The second story line with the two young people stranded finally at a than creepy motel was the most interesting in the book.I like my characters wel NOW AVAILABLE This is the second book by Lee Child that I have read and I definitely enjoyed this one than the other which was The Midnight Line I liked the dual storyline which converges later on in the story However I did feel that the one with Reacher in it, looking into his family tree to be quite slow moving and a bit dry The second story line with the two young people stranded finally at a than creepy motel was the most interesting in the book.I like my characters well drawn and I think Mr Child did a great job in helping me get to know Patty and Shorty and how they are hoping to set up a shop in Florida with the help of whatever is in that extremely heavy suitcase which they are unwilling to part with even when their lives are at stake They have stopped at a motel during their cross country travels and this ends up to be the most incredibly wrong decision they have ever made The motel in question is being run by one of the most depraved and money hungry bunch of goons I ve ever come across, headed by a man with the last name of Reacher, go figure We aren t really sure what they are up to until the mark in the book but I had a pretty good hunch once the other guests started arriving and let s just say that Patty and Shorty didn t have much say in the process Their clever thinking and love for each other help them through their ordeals.Meanwhile we are still following Reacher and his quest for family knowledge as he searches libraries and town halls for records of his father and grandfather I felt this was than a bit boring and was anxious to get back to Patty and Shorty His extreme detail in parts still drives me crazy example Reacher hit him in the face, with a straight right, maximum force, crashing and twisting Like a freight train The kid s lights went out immediately He went slack and gravity took over Reacher kept his left hand rock solid All the kid s weight fell on his own locked elbow Reacher waited The kid s elbow broke and his arm turned inside out Reacher let him fall, etc etc etc Too much detail already.In what I have come to know as true Reacher style his path converges with those in trouble just when he is most needed I have to admit that I m a little surprised at how many people are so enthralled with this character as he doesn t grow or change in his books, at least in what I ve read He is also endowed with super human strength and smarts but I was willing to suspend belief for entertainment.All in all I still had fun reading this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading series books with a character that they can count on to come to the aid of those in need.I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through NetGalley flag 99 likesLike see review View all 28 comments Aug 12, 2018 Paula Kalin rated it it was amazing Recommends it for Everyone Recommended to Paula by NetGalley Shelves published 2018, favorite authors, series, military war, netgalley, crime, suspense thriller, read in 2018, favorite books, e book I ve been reading the Jack Reacher series since Lee Child wrote his first How wonderful it is after finishing 23 in the series to say it s definitely one of my favorites Jack Reacher, our 6 5 ex military hero is on a journey from Maine to California and decides to take a pit stop in Laconia, New Hampshire to check out his father s birthplace Scanning through records at town hall and researching census from long ago bring him in contact with a lot of different characters some nice and some I ve been reading the Jack Reacher series since Lee Child wrote his first How wonderful it is after finishing 23 in the series to say it s definitely one of my favorites Jack Reacher, our 6 5 ex military hero is on a journey from Maine to California and decides to take a pit stop in Laconia, New Hampshire to check out his father s birthplace Scanning through records at town hall and researching census from long ago bring him in contact with a lot of different characters some nice and some not so nice I always like to see the not so nice come into play as this means some action is to be expected I ve got to tell you I love his hand to hand fighting skills that emerge and the surprise of his foes Bring on all the details My father had us watching every war movie and John Wayne film since I was a kid I love, love, seeing Reacher beat up the bullies Bring it on What I really liked about this book is the duel storyline Two young Canadians, Shory, and his smarter girlfriend, Patty, break down at an isolated, creepy motel not far off from Laconia Unbeknownst to them, they are about to enter hell They are in desperate need of Reacher s help The two stories converge with a lot of action and excitement Meanwhile, there are some other nasty folks around that our hero gives a mighty fine lesson.A definite stand out for me is the female ex MP, now Laconia cop, Reacher interacts with throughout the book.If you have never met Jack Reacher yet, but would like to meet a man that likes intelligent women, doesn t take any crap from anyone, and will protect those that are in despair, read this book It doesn t matter that you haven t read the others in the series Start here 5 out of 5 exciting starsThanks to NetGalley, Random House Publishing Group Ballantine, and the fabulous Lee Child for the ARC flag 82 likesLike see review View all 31 comments Dec 12, 2018 Matt rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves audiobook Lee Child returns with another Reacher adventure that takes things down some untraversed pathways, particularly interesting for series fans When Jack Reacher sets out for California, he has high hopes about this journey However, early during the trek, he ends up having to get out along the road in New Hampshire, where a road sign rattles in the wind The town of Laconia triggers a memory for Reacher, which he soon recollects is Stan Reacher s place of birth, a father who taught him the steely Lee Child returns with another Reacher adventure that takes things down some untraversed pathways, particularly interesting for series fans When Jack Reacher sets out for California, he has high hopes about this journey However, early during the trek, he ends up having to get out along the road in New Hampshire, where a road sign rattles in the wind The town of Laconia triggers a memory for Reacher, which he soon recollects is Stan Reacher s place of birth, a father who taught him the steely ways of Marine life Armed with a great deal of curiosity and all the time in the world, Reacher ventures towards the outskirts of Laconia Liaising with some of the locals, Reacher begins piecing together some of his family history, at least until his father fled to join the Marines at the age of seventeen However, there are some who want nothing than to chase him out of town, possibly because of his name, but surely also due to the fact that Reacher is never one to hold is tongueor a punch to the face Meanwhile, in another part of town, two Canadians arrive in their beat up vehicle and hope to only pass through, though a group of men who run the local motel may have other ideas As they soon learn, Laconia, New Hampshire is than just a dot on the map, but how do they play into the larger narrative With Reacher discovering a great deal about his ancestors and being part of a larger dust up, he could be the only hope for those looking to forget all about this community What Reacher secrets have been buried for over seventy years and how will this opportune visit change the dynamic for the decades to come Child does a wonderful job in creating a strong story and keeping the reader enthralled Recommended to series fans who want to see yet another unique angle to this ever evolving collection.I know some people have read and reviewed this book, feeling that it is missing an essential piece of the Reacher puzzle I, on the other hand, constantly marvel at how Lee Child has been able to take a nomadic protagonist and always find new ways to inject life and excitement into his life Jack Reacher has seen it all in his years, but there has always been that missing gap in his past Born abroad and having traveled as part of a Marine family, Jack Reacher never knew his grandparents and did not hear speak of them His father, Stan, left as soon as he could get out and never came back Now, Jack is able to peel back the mystery and learn a little about young Stan, as well as the people he would call grandparents As he delves a little deeper, Reacher finds family members, who tell an interesting tale that will surely help shape this nomadic man as he continues his treks across America The secondary story offers some interesting characters as well, two young twenty somethings who are unknowingly trapped in town by a group of young men They become guinea pigs to a plan that they could not have foreseen Child offers some interesting storylines related to these two, helping to shed the Canadian passivity as soon as things get hellish The story was quite well supported, using the typical moseying Reacher before adding the element of personal connection for the man and helping the series fan to learn a great deal while also noticing Reacher s typical rough cut personality There may be some wonderful nuggets on which Child can build in novels to come, which I hope continue This is one series that I have found does not lose its momentum as it continues, as Child mixes past and present storylines in novels to better understand Reacher While it may seem trivial, as a long time audiobook listener of the series, I have come to discover that Child seems overly connected to the word said when tying off dialogue While it seems minor, to hear he said she said.he said repeatedly during a dialogue makes for some mundane verbal tennis that can grate on the listener s nerves after a time As I said before, this seems to be a constant in books On the note of audiobooks, I was so pleased to see Scott Brick at the helm and hope that he might be the new voice of Reacher, who suits it as well as Dick Hill did in novels past What s next for Lee Child and Jack Reacher I suppose we will have to wait, but hopefully not too long.Kudos, Mr Child, for wonderful story writing I know you have many ideas brewing and I cannot wait to see what twists you will toss into your novels and short stories.Love hate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge flag 54 likesLike see review View all 13 comments Nov 07, 2018 kartik narayanan rated it liked it review of another edition Past Tense is an okayish Jack Reacher I never felt drawn into it unlike the earlier ones in the series This could be due to Jack Reacher outstaying his welcome there are only so many plots available given the context or it could be that with every story, Jack Reacher becomes and like a Superman Ninja combination And that is a nice segue into one of the indications that Lee Child is himself aware of it There were two separate threads in the story which meet only towards the end A Past Tense is an okayish Jack Reacher I never felt drawn into it unlike the earlier ones in the series This could be due to Jack Reacher outstaying his welcome there are only so many plots available given the context or it could be that with every story, Jack Reacher becomes and like a Superman Ninja combination And that is a nice segue into one of the indications that Lee Child is himself aware of it There were two separate threads in the story which meet only towards the end And the meeting felt like a contrivance rather than two plot points seamlessly merging into each other So, my take is that Lee Child had to bring in a non Jack Reacher story line to bring back the tension into the series again.Welp, I am not hopeful that this series is going to be back on an upward swing anytime soon flag 52 likesLike see review View all 17 comments Nov 12, 2018 Phrynne rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 5000 books, series up to date I really enjoyed Jack Reacher s latest foray into the world So much so that I could not stop reading and knocked off most of it in one afternoon One of the best in the series to date There are a number of story lines going on in this one and a lot of characters, some good and some really bad as usual Also as usual Jack manages to get caught up in several different issues and has to fight his way out He also discovers some amazing details about his own genealogy which he takes much cal I really enjoyed Jack Reacher s latest foray into the world So much so that I could not stop reading and knocked off most of it in one afternoon One of the best in the series to date There are a number of story lines going on in this one and a lot of characters, some good and some really bad as usual Also as usual Jack manages to get caught up in several different issues and has to fight his way out He also discovers some amazing details about his own genealogy which he takes much calmly than I think I would.All the usual action, plenty of dead bodies, some very nasty baddies and a great story What can we ask for Thank you Mr Child and keep up the good work please flag 48 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Dec 22, 2018 Carol rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves detective crime, mystery, adventure, suspense thriller Only for the already devoted Reacher fans and then The challenge for Child on book 23 is that he s already written several books in which the bad guys do unspeakable things to children, are holding one or entire towns or communities hostage by threats of violence to anyone who steps out of line He s also written several books in which Reacher hooks up with the FBI agent investigating either related crimes or the targets of Reacher s interest In order to avoid duplicating these plot p Only for the already devoted Reacher fans and then The challenge for Child on book 23 is that he s already written several books in which the bad guys do unspeakable things to children, are holding one or entire towns or communities hostage by threats of violence to anyone who steps out of line He s also written several books in which Reacher hooks up with the FBI agent investigating either related crimes or the targets of Reacher s interest In order to avoid duplicating these plot points and being accused of simply re hashing the same old same old, Child here just phoned it in minus those features The page turning aspect remains, but there s no heart to Past Tense Reacher plays superhero to random strangers he encounters in a situation where they could be harmed, and kills a half dozen bad guys who connected on reddit or 4chan to pursue an unlawful and immoral impulse We aren t invested in the people he saves and his reason for lingering in this rural New Hampshire setting is flimsy, at best No one should encounter Jack Reacher for the first time via Past Tense If I hadn t gotten to like him in the 7 10 Reacher novels I ve read before this one, I d not pick up another based on this experience This series appeals to that unseemly side of most of us that finds satisfaction in Reacher s vigilante justice, or at least we don t feel terribly badly about the absence of the justice system prior to an execution or two committed by our favorite civilian But there has to be to these novels than reading about killing bad guys with impunity, or the thin veneer that we re here for than that begins to disappear flag 45 likesLike see review View all 11 comments William I would look to Robert B Parker and his Spenser Even at 60 years old, Spenser was written as a powerful thug with a heart We understood and forg I would look to Robert B Parker and his Spenser Even at 60 years old, Spenser was written as a powerful thug with a heart We understood and forgave Parker for this.As Reacher is fiction, what matters is who we want him to be, or who we have come to love The Midnight Line book 22 is completely terrific in every way The prose is mature, and so is Reacher.So we know that Child has it in him to write terrific stuff ref books 18 22 being fabulous Perhaps he s distracted from Past Tense while preparing his new TV series article from Aug 2018 Jan 04, 2019 05 19AM Carol Thanks to all of you for weighing in And, by the way, even though I have notifications set up on this thread, GR never notifies me of comments on my Thanks to all of you for weighing in And, by the way, even though I have notifications set up on this thread, GR never notifies me of comments on my reviews, which makes me want to wish them a pox upon their developer souls.I did like Never Go Back 18 and The Midnight Line 22 , but, generally, yes, Child seems to be out of stories into which he can put Jack Reacher and allow for actions his readership will be comfortable are justifiable vigilante justice and not over the line William your spoiler indicating the famous and classic short story re hashed here without a spot of creative addition is spot on Was it just me or was the time spent with the victims at the hotel excessive The novel lost energy for me each time I had to revert to this couple and their suitcase and whatever Toby you ve asked the perfect question Unless he has Reacher leave the US, perhaps, for some reason, I fear staleness I recently finished Sins as Scarlet An Inspector Iwata Novel by Nicol s Obreg n, in which the main character was informally investigating the murder of several transgender women in LA and ventured into Mexico for 20% of the book and thought, that s the sort of plotline and change of scenery that might freshen things up for Reacher But, other than Midnight Line, my hope is unsupported by Child s recent product.I read perhaps a dozen Spencer books and, even when they were written by Robert B Parker and not random team members, I found them to be beach reads for our sorts Neither the writing nor the depth of any of the plots were memorable Like the several down Perry Mason books I read in my teens, if I pick one I up and read the blurb, I can t tell you if I ve read it before I would hate for the Reacher series to become so fungible, inoffensive and forgettable that the same is true YMMV, of course 11 minutes ago Sep 16, 2018 Lisa rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves net galley My thanks to Random House Ballantine and Netgalley for letting me read this arc for my honest opinion.It s actually been a few years since I ve read Jack Reacher I ll confess that when I heard that Tom Cruise was playing Reacher in a movie it kind of ruined the image Of course, I first had to spit the vomit out of my mouth, and spend a few minutes cussing It s not that I dislike Cruise, its just that I think he s human garbage Oh, dear me Well, look at my little rant How embarrassing Not My thanks to Random House Ballantine and Netgalley for letting me read this arc for my honest opinion.It s actually been a few years since I ve read Jack Reacher I ll confess that when I heard that Tom Cruise was playing Reacher in a movie it kind of ruined the image Of course, I first had to spit the vomit out of my mouth, and spend a few minutes cussing It s not that I dislike Cruise, its just that I think he s human garbage Oh, dear me Well, look at my little rant How embarrassing Not enough to delete it.Anyways, thankfully enough time has passed, and Reacher is again a very big man Cruise s 3 foot 8 inchesoh, damn Look at me go O.K Seriously, I really enjoyed this book I liked the story, and I actually enjoyed the main characters, and was kind of anxious for them Reacher doesn t always save all the good guys Maybe its because its been awhile, but Jack seemed a wee bit cold blooded than before I did leave this book wondering about the aftermath Still, once again I m engaged with Jack Reacher I really did enjoy this story It made me tense When my muscles say let loose woman, then I know a book has gotten to me flag 41 likesLike see review View all 11 comments Nov 14, 2018 Brenda rated it really liked it review of another edition Oh, how I love this Jack Reacher series I ve always felt the thinking of timing, speed, movement, sequences, and assessments was Reacher s From previous books, I know Reacher has that internal clock and he just knows what time it is And he pictures how things work out before taking action In this book, I began to think that those types of thoughts were being applied to some of the other characters I found myself wondering if it was because there were spoilery things that I won t mention go Oh, how I love this Jack Reacher series I ve always felt the thinking of timing, speed, movement, sequences, and assessments was Reacher s From previous books, I know Reacher has that internal clock and he just knows what time it is And he pictures how things work out before taking action In this book, I began to think that those types of thoughts were being applied to some of the other characters I found myself wondering if it was because there were spoilery things that I won t mention going on with the characters Then it occurred to me that maybe this was really Lee Child s thinking and it was leaking out to other characters thoughts and behaviors I was a bit dismayed to think Reacher wasn t the only one thinking like this, and I don t know how I feel about that.Reacher is in Laconia, New Hampshire, his father s home town, or so he always said He decides to see the old homestead, and visits some local agencies asking for help in finding it A second plot line involves two Canadians, Patty and Shorty, getting caught up in a situation that I really hope doesn t occur in real life It took most of the book to bring these two plot lines together, but all hell breaks loose after that.I eventually became very fond of Patty and Shorty after initially thinking they were being pretty stupid I really liked the search for Reacher s father s history It got me thinking about his family.I think it was in the very first book that we met Reacher s brother, Joe Didn t he work for the federal government in some capacity We know his mother was a French woman and her name was Josephine I remember a previous book where Reacher visited her in France, but I don t remember why he went and I don t remember the title of the book There was also a.5 short story when Reacher was a kid and they lived on a base in Okinawa where his father was stationed We really have not had much information about Reacher s father until now Are there any other mentions of his family history that I ve missed flag 38 likesLike see review View all 19 comments Brenda Leigh wrote The Enemy 8 has the whole family Mother, father, and brother Joe Thanks, Leigh It s been 8 years since I read The Enemy I read th Leigh wrote The Enemy 8 has the whole family Mother, father, and brother Joe Thanks, Leigh It s been 8 years since I read The Enemy I read the description and do vaguely recall that book, but not all the details Jan 30, 2019 03 10PM Leigh I just read in Sept so it is fresh So many details to follow LOL Jan 30, 2019 03 51PM Jan 25, 2019 Tim rated it liked it review of another edition A better effort than many of Child s recent stories 6 of 10 stars flag 33 likesLike see review ChopinFC I mean, after 23 freakin novels about the same characterit s about to get repetitive Jan 25, 2019 08 37PM Tim True that Jan 25, 2019 09 35PM Wil A Emerson WellLee Child s is a favorite but struggling with this one His characters are just about the dumbest on earth in this one A poor couple stuck in WellLee Child s is a favorite but struggling with this one His characters are just about the dumbest on earth in this one A poor couple stuck in a motel where mysterious men keep them locked in They begin to talk and think like Reacheronly they are not anything near the Reacher character So much nonsensical dialogueOh Lee, this one probably was only to meet a deadline Don t let them pressure you again Love when Reacher is challenged Jan 31, 2019 10 13AM Jul 14, 2018 Dave rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves thrillers, read have Jack Reacher has apparently been thrilling readers for twenty years No one told me Although this is only my second Reacher novel and its number 23 with a bullet , count me in as a fan Reacher is an ex MP who has taken to wandering the country, heading here and there for the barest of reasons Well, he likes a puzzle and is curiouser than any ten cats Along the way, Reacher always seems to stumble into trouble Here, he returns to his father s hometown and decides to see his dad s old haunts Jack Reacher has apparently been thrilling readers for twenty years No one told me Although this is only my second Reacher novel and its number 23 with a bullet , count me in as a fan Reacher is an ex MP who has taken to wandering the country, heading here and there for the barest of reasons Well, he likes a puzzle and is curiouser than any ten cats Along the way, Reacher always seems to stumble into trouble Here, he returns to his father s hometown and decides to see his dad s old haunts Meanwhile, a couple of Canadians head south on an adventure of their own, one perhaps that could have been better planned and in a car that certainly could have been better maintained Their adventures could not have put them in a bizarre and offbeat predicament Of course, eventually their paths will cross I found this to be an enjoyable and compelling read, although don t open it up expecting a lightning paced thriller It s pace is thoughtful and confident, if not laconic What makes it work is the even pace, the narrative voice,and natural curiosity flag 30 likesLike see review Jan 22, 2019 Brenda rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2018 release, mystery, crime, 5000 2019, own read, thriller Jack Reacher always let himself get side tracked the journey across America ended quite quickly when he saw the sign to the town where his father had been born and he d never been The quick visit would only take a day right Wrong Shorty and Patty s car was on its last legs and they were running behind They had expected to make New York in the one day no stops, no costs But with the day drawing to a close and the car struggling, the sign on a side road which said Motel had them turnin Jack Reacher always let himself get side tracked the journey across America ended quite quickly when he saw the sign to the town where his father had been born and he d never been The quick visit would only take a day right Wrong Shorty and Patty s car was on its last legs and they were running behind They had expected to make New York in the one day no stops, no costs But with the day drawing to a close and the car struggling, the sign on a side road which said Motel had them turning toward it Unbeknown to them, that was the wrong decision Past Tense by Lee Child is another fast paced, adrenalin filled thriller which I loved Gritty, intense, nerve wracking it had everything that makes a great thriller 23 in the Jack Reacher series, I m already eagerly awaiting his next Highly recommended flag 27 likesLike see review Nov 13, 2018 Maureen rated it did not like it Shelves mystery I was so happy to receive this as an advance review copy from NetGalley and the publisher as I had never read a Jack Reacher book until now Let me just say it was awful I was so disappointed The story line I found very far fetched on both sides I honestly kept thinking and hoping it would get better, but so sorry to say it did not I was not shocked to see many one star reviews when I went to I am not giving up on Lee Child s writing though, and I have a couple of his previous book I was so happy to receive this as an advance review copy from NetGalley and the publisher as I had never read a Jack Reacher book until now Let me just say it was awful I was so disappointed The story line I found very far fetched on both sides I honestly kept thinking and hoping it would get better, but so sorry to say it did not I was not shocked to see many one star reviews when I went to I am not giving up on Lee Child s writing though, and I have a couple of his previous books I plan on reading I know he can write I just seem to have chosen the wrong book to start out with flag 27 likesLike see review View all 19 comments Kevin This is the latest book that is probably not the place to start, but you would have followed the seres storyline better reading from the start Jan 20, 2019 07 58AM June Miller Please don t let this be your only Jack Reacher book Read some of the early ones and certainly ignore the Tom Cruise movie, ugh , which are great T Please don t let this be your only Jack Reacher book Read some of the early ones and certainly ignore the Tom Cruise movie, ugh , which are great This one is not too bad at the endm, but the first half is boring as bat shit Jan 28, 2019 07 08PM Jan 10, 2019 Andrew Smith rated it really liked it review of another edition Perennial traveller Jack Reacher is journeying down to San Diego for some warm weather, his thumb is his ticket Early on he spots the name of a New England town he recognises as the place his father grew up Well, he s got to take a look at this hasn t he.In a parallel plot line a young Canadian couple are planning to drive beyond the same town but their old clunker of a car looks like it s not going to make it much further They pull to a stop at a motel and decide to get the car fixed and the Perennial traveller Jack Reacher is journeying down to San Diego for some warm weather, his thumb is his ticket Early on he spots the name of a New England town he recognises as the place his father grew up Well, he s got to take a look at this hasn t he.In a parallel plot line a young Canadian couple are planning to drive beyond the same town but their old clunker of a car looks like it s not going to make it much further They pull to a stop at a motel and decide to get the car fixed and then move on as soon as possible They are, we re told, carrying a heavy suitcase it s contents is not divulged From this point very little of any consequence occurs for some time The couple rattle around at the motel and Reacher searches for information regarding his grandparents and father It s slow going and rather dull, but the rhythm entrapped me This Reacher novel, like all the others, has a cadence all of its own We meet a few people in a small, friendly town with a hick police force Reacher finds a place to eat and drink coffee and somewhere to sleep Lots of people say nothing and do nothing and and at least one person stares at nothing Reacher speaks in short sentences, is methodical in his thoughts and actions and his inner clock keeps perfect time We see and learn the obvious and then the concealedI m half way through the book now and my only real thought is what s in the suitcase Then things speed up a bit Reacher is a big, strong guy and he s not averse to some violence A situation arises and he deals with it Then things start to look and feel strange With this tale it s not so much about whodunnit as what the hell is going on here It s a puzzle we can t yet resolve as a number of pieces are hidden Then they re not, at least not all of them, and a scenario is presented It s an interesting one.All in all, it s turns out to be a reasonably satisfying story It s not the best Reacher I ve read but it s not the worst either Three and a half stars rounded up to four I know I ll come back for it s just a habit I can t break flag 25 likesLike see review View 2 comments Dec 27, 2018 Faith rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley, audio, overdrive, reviewed This was about the 10th Reacher book that I ve read, so I certainly know what to expect from him The books are quite formulaic and you either buy into the formula or you don t He s the loner who arrives at a new town and happens upon some trouble, resulting in his brutally beating a few people and crushing some bones There was a pretty high body count in this book, which alternated between the Reacher story, as he researched his father s background, and a second story about Shorty and Patty, This was about the 10th Reacher book that I ve read, so I certainly know what to expect from him The books are quite formulaic and you either buy into the formula or you don t He s the loner who arrives at a new town and happens upon some trouble, resulting in his brutally beating a few people and crushing some bones There was a pretty high body count in this book, which alternated between the Reacher story, as he researched his father s background, and a second story about Shorty and Patty, a young Canadian couple who become trapped in a creepy motel I found it slightly off putting that Patty s internal voice and the manner in which she analyzed situations sounded exactly like Reacher s, but no one reads these books for the great character development The two storylines don t come together until the end of the book The motel plot was definitely suspenseful and interesting The book entertained me and I ll continue to read the series selectively There is absolutely no reason to read all of the books or to read them in order I received a free copy of this book from the publisher flag 23 likesLike see review Jul 14, 2018 Monnie rated it it was amazing review of another edition 4.5 stars, actually.Honestly, I m not at all sure how much I d like Jack Reacher if I met him in person because he doesn t pull any punches, but I m certain I d want him on my side in a fight for the same reason And in this, the 23rd book in the series, he gets plenty of opportunity to practice his considerable skill.The story begins as Reacher walks and hitchhikes near a remote and tiny town in New Hampshire on his way to wherever else the wind or accurately, any driver who gives him a l 4.5 stars, actually.Honestly, I m not at all sure how much I d like Jack Reacher if I met him in person because he doesn t pull any punches, but I m certain I d want him on my side in a fight for the same reason And in this, the 23rd book in the series, he gets plenty of opportunity to practice his considerable skill.The story begins as Reacher walks and hitchhikes near a remote and tiny town in New Hampshire on his way to wherever else the wind or accurately, any driver who gives him a lift takes him When he recalls his late father Stan saying he grew up in the town, though, Reacher decides to pay a visit to the family homestead if he can find it, that is.Concurrently, Shorty and Patty, a pair of grifters from Canada on their way to New York with a get rich quick plan in tow have car trouble Just as the old jalopy is ready to blow, they spot a sign pointing to a motel in a heavily wooded area of you guessed it , New Hampshire Yep, there s a halfway decent room available but very soon, it becomes obvious that this isn t your average Motel 6 In fact, they may have happened upon their very worst nightmare.Chapters follow the progress as Reacher tries to find what appears to be nonexistent evidence of his father s old home and the couple try to find their way out of the mess they re in As expected, the two storylines end up converging but not before plenty of action takes place in both Early on, Reacher gets on the bad side of a bad seed and his wealthy father although the local police are for the most part on Reacher s side after all, he s been both an Army guy and a fellow cop they don t want Trouble with a capital T that rhymes with P that stands for Problem Just go on your way, they tell Reacher, hoping he ll heed their advice.He d love to, but he s got problems of his own not the least of which is getting on the bad side of the folks he runs into when he finally locates the family town Besides that, other local and otherwise innocent folks are finding themselves in potential danger simply because they helped Reacher how can he possibly turn his back on them and hike away And so it goes, with excitement and action building all the way from town to the woods and back to an explosive end If I have an issue, it s that I have a hard time believing in coincidences meaning things that happen at precisely the time they should to make the story work Life usually doesn t follow that kind of pattern but then again, it s Reacher s life, not mine In the end I m happy, and I ll be looking forward to the next installment as usual Meantime, I m thanking the publisher via NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance review copy of this one flag 23 likesLike see review Jul 25, 2018 Jeanette rated it it was amazing review of another edition They are all so good but this one is straight out spectacular Telling you about the tension I felt reading this one I had to stop at some point after about page 100 to relax with some physical work exertions to get unwound and to distract myself enough to be able to swallow my own spit It was creepy, evil terrifying the premise AND the execution of it.The premise is one that I ve read in maybe 10 novels in my life, mostly sci fic but in some YA reads too, like Hunger Games.That tells yo They are all so good but this one is straight out spectacular Telling you about the tension I felt reading this one I had to stop at some point after about page 100 to relax with some physical work exertions to get unwound and to distract myself enough to be able to swallow my own spit It was creepy, evil terrifying the premise AND the execution of it.The premise is one that I ve read in maybe 10 novels in my life, mostly sci fic but in some YA reads too, like Hunger Games.That tells you enough And I won the paperback copy here and want to thank you for the gift Several other people will be reading my copy quite soon too.All of you who know Reacher for so many years of reading and knowing each nuance of his unique and quirky lifestyle can you tell me if Child ever let us know how he shaves Somewhere in Book 4 or 6 perhaps He can t be bearded with the techniques he uses, IMHO One day I was driving along and that thought popped into my head He s light haired but still Lee Child I am a fan Can Child write a thriller It almost makes you believe that the super hero is not only a true possibility but certain to be johnny on the spot with his radar for the horrendous, evil and violent perpetrator, even those as despicable as these And ultimately solving the problem without undue regret This one 23 and the one that was in the plains of Kansas or Nebraska within a similar evil cabal as locale operating they were the best And he also gets two different unforgettable couples in there too this time And Reacher isn t even half of either 2 MP s and a priest It sounds like the beginning of a joke It sure isn t flag 23 likesLike see review View all 9 comments Nov 03, 2018 Lisa rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018, 4 star reviews, netgalley, netgalley2018 A skillfully descriptive and masterfully intense story with Jack Reacher and a perfect cast of characters SUMMARYJack Reacher is just starting an epic road trip, heading from Maine to San Diego He only gets as far as New Hampshire, when he comes to a fork in the road Left or right He should go left to Portsmith, but the road to the right heads to a town he has never seen, Laconia, New Hampshire It s the town where his father grew up He decides to take the detour to see the place his father A skillfully descriptive and masterfully intense story with Jack Reacher and a perfect cast of characters SUMMARYJack Reacher is just starting an epic road trip, heading from Maine to San Diego He only gets as far as New Hampshire, when he comes to a fork in the road Left or right He should go left to Portsmith, but the road to the right heads to a town he has never seen, Laconia, New Hampshire It s the town where his father grew up He decides to take the detour to see the place his father talked about Upon arriving he is mystified when he checks out city records, but can t find any information about this dad Was this the right town Maybe his dad was really never there At the same time, a couple traveling from Canada to New York in a worn out Honda are experiencing car trouble thirty miles outside Laconia Patty and Shorty have a suitcase weighted down with something to sell in New York and they want to maximize their profit, so a hotel stay was not in the plans But the car was overheating They see a unusual motel sign pointing down a tiny canopy road They nurse the Honda several miles down the pot holed tunnel of a road where they find a long and low hotel with twelve rooms and zero occupancy It seems a little strange to be out in the middle of nowhere like this, but the car will go no further The owner is welcoming, but everything seems a little off Something just doesn t feel right And then the other rooms begin to fill, and a nightmare begins REVIEWThis is Jack Reacher 23, and I am happy to say I have loved every single one of Lee Child s books It s just comfortable and fast reading You know what your going to get when you open the cover The story is going to be gripping and intense and Reacher is going to make things right He always does You may not like how he goes about it, but his rationale makes total sense LEE CHILD s writing is skillfully descriptive and masterfully intense He makes it easy to visualize the red painted motel with the white trim or the knocking of the engine of the old battered Honda He takes us on a breathless ride of action and suspense, and easily juggles multiple plot lines before merging them together Jack Reacher at six foot five is his own man He smart, strategic and strong and has the ability to find trouble even when he is asleep And he will never turn a blind eye to someone who needs help Unbeknownst to Reacher, Patty and Shorty need his help Patty and Shorty s characters are perfect for the story, and I particularly loved how Patti s character showed strength and intelligence in a difficult situation Thanks to Netgalley for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review Publisher Delacorte PressPublished November 5, 2018Review bluestockingreviews flag 25 likesLike see review View 2 comments Dec 11, 2018 Manuel Ant o rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves 2018 If you re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.Similar Story Archs Past Tense by Lee ChildI have said elsewhere that crime fiction seems to flourish in times of stress, such as our era now I fully expect great detective fiction in the near future as it is one of the few genres that can show society from top to bottom the detective, investigator or whatever, in many of the best novels, talks to both the monied and the moneyless at the same time against a puzzling foregroun If you re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.Similar Story Archs Past Tense by Lee ChildI have said elsewhere that crime fiction seems to flourish in times of stress, such as our era now I fully expect great detective fiction in the near future as it is one of the few genres that can show society from top to bottom the detective, investigator or whatever, in many of the best novels, talks to both the monied and the moneyless at the same time against a puzzling foreground as broad and as complex as the society, or the human beings, that carry out and solve seemingly deeply baffling crimes at the outset of any great novel flag 21 likesLike see review Nov 10, 2018 Terence M rated it really liked it review of another edition Audiobook 12 29 hours Narrator Jeff Harding, after six chapters, replaced with new copy narrated by Scott Brick.NB This review re written Monday 12 November See below.It is almost 1 00 am in Melbourne, 10 November, I have just finished Past Tense and my rating initial rating is 3.5 stars rounded to 4.0 Stars out of 5.0 I have some review comments to make about this Jack Reacher novel, but I will need to have some sleep before I commit them to paper Addendum 9 30 am, Melbourne, 12 Audiobook 12 29 hours Narrator Jeff Harding, after six chapters, replaced with new copy narrated by Scott Brick.NB This review re written Monday 12 November See below.It is almost 1 00 am in Melbourne, 10 November, I have just finished Past Tense and my rating initial rating is 3.5 stars rounded to 4.0 Stars out of 5.0 I have some review comments to make about this Jack Reacher novel, but I will need to have some sleep before I commit them to paper Addendum 9 30 am, Melbourne, 12 November I ve given this book thought and Past Tense indicates to me that Lee Child may have been reacting to the comments of an increasing in my opinion number of malcontents in the vast army of Jack Reacher fans Like millions of other dyed in the wool Reacher fans, until this week I had read and or listened to every one of 1 to 22 in the Reacher novels A number of them I have read and or listened to than once, and a few of that group than twice I am not a particularly high marker and 3.0 I liked it is a good mark for me So for what it s worth, my awards for Reacher novels 1 to 22 were as follows 0 Five Stars, 3 Four Stars, 13 Three Stars, 3 Two Stars and 3 One Star Did Not Finish The One Star s were 19, 20 and 21 The Midnight Line , 22, really was a big improvement over the previous three and received 3.5 Stars If you want to know why, read my review.Directly after listening to 23, Past Tense I was twixt and tween 3.5 Stars or 4.0 Stars After thinking about whether I liked it or really liked it , I am confirming a full four Stars for this book By the way, Scott Brick did an excellent job narrating the book and his reading of it will surprise those can t stand Scott Brick commenters I have a number of Reacher books narrated by Jeff Harding and I thought he was far easier on the ear that the aging Dick Hill I am surprised that Harding s reading was such a disappointment this time round.I have enjoyed growing older with Jack Reacher and if Lee Child is over his Reacher credibility hump , as it seems to me he is, I can expect Reacher gems over the coming years flag 21 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Oct 26, 2018 Bam rated it it was amazing Shelves 2018 netgalley, thriller suspense, 2018 reads I admit I haven t read ALL of the Reacher books but I have read quite a few and I do believe this is one of the best.In this outing, ex MP Reacher decides to travel from Maine to San Diego and starts hitching a ride When he reaches New Hampshire, he sees a sign for Laconia which triggers a memory and an interest in digging up some family history.As only Reacher can, he makes friends and enemies quickly and is soon embroiled in some nasty business which makes for some very exciting reading In I admit I haven t read ALL of the Reacher books but I have read quite a few and I do believe this is one of the best.In this outing, ex MP Reacher decides to travel from Maine to San Diego and starts hitching a ride When he reaches New Hampshire, he sees a sign for Laconia which triggers a memory and an interest in digging up some family history.As only Reacher can, he makes friends and enemies quickly and is soon embroiled in some nasty business which makes for some very exciting reading In a side story, a young couple traveling from Canada have car trouble and end up spending the night in a remote motel No, it s not the Bates Motel but I swear you can hear the scary music.Both threads come together nicely at the suspenseful and satisfying conclusion If you enjoy an action packed thriller, this one is for you I believe it can be read as a standalone if you haven t been reading the series But I can also highly recommend the series, not only for the great action but for its strong, intelligent, well fleshed out characters Reacher lives by his own rules, it s true, but he has a strong sense of right and wrong, justice and fairness You d definitely want him by your side in any fight I received an arc from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review Many thanks flag 20 likesLike see review View 2 comments Nov 02, 2018 Marialyce rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves net galley 4 Jack Reacher is at it once again starsMy reviews can be seen here the road againJust can t wait to get on the road againThe life I love is making music with my friendsAnd I can t wait to get on the road againOn the road againGoin places that I ve never beenSeein things that I may never see again Willie Nelson Jack Reacher is once again a traveling man His goal is to walk from Maine to California yikes and so when he travels onto a road in New E 4 Jack Reacher is at it once again starsMy reviews can be seen here the road againJust can t wait to get on the road againThe life I love is making music with my friendsAnd I can t wait to get on the road againOn the road againGoin places that I ve never beenSeein things that I may never see again Willie Nelson Jack Reacher is once again a traveling man His goal is to walk from Maine to California yikes and so when he travels onto a road in New England, he randomly comes upon a sign which he recognizes It seems to be he has stumbled onto a town which just so happened to be the birthplace of his father Of course he needs to check this place out What s a slight detour and one day Arriving at the town and bumping up against the fact that no one seems to recognize the Reacher name, Jack embarks on another adventure sure to involve lots of mysterious and dangerous factors Meanwhile a Canadian couple, traveling to New York, have their dilapidated car stop, and amble to a hotel where things turn creepy fast a bit of the Psycho vibe happening here Through the bulk of the story, we wonder how or if these two things are connected What does Jack s family and this young couple have in common How do they meet and come together and have their lives intertwine with each other For Jack the danger is real For the couple their fate is perilous and threatening.Tough and resilient as we who know Jack Reacher to be, this book will not disappoint those who have been with Lee Child for many of his adventures with Jack Recommended to those who like a tough, what you see is what you get type protagonist He is the epitome of a tenacious and resilient character who you would certainly want in your corner in a bar fight or any other precarious exploit.Thank you to Lee Child, Delacourt Press, and NetGalley for a copy of this latest Reacher exploit flag 19 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Aug 22, 2018 Michele rated it it was amazing review of another edition I am a huge Jack Reacher fan and this book did not disappoint This book was different from Lee Child s other books and I liked it There were two seemingly unrelated storylines going on and I spent most of the book trying to figure out how they connected Also, the plot was not at all predictable and kept me guessing the entire time Thank you NetGalley for the ARC This was a great read and I would definitely recommend it flag 18 likesLike see review View 1 comment Oct 23, 2018 Judy rated it really liked it review of another edition More edge of your seat action from Lee Child Jack Reacher once again finds himself in the middle of a strange situation True to form, Reacher once again manages to find trouble when he sets out to help others.A young couple, having car issues, finds themselves stranded at a rather strange motel in the middle of nowhere and there are some suspicious things happening In the meantime Jack Reacher is walking hitch hiking his way across the country from Maine to California when he becomes side tra More edge of your seat action from Lee Child Jack Reacher once again finds himself in the middle of a strange situation True to form, Reacher once again manages to find trouble when he sets out to help others.A young couple, having car issues, finds themselves stranded at a rather strange motel in the middle of nowhere and there are some suspicious things happening In the meantime Jack Reacher is walking hitch hiking his way across the country from Maine to California when he becomes side tracked in Laconia, New Hampshire where his father was born Reacher decides to spend some time researching his roots During his stay his antenna perks up and he starts tracking some suspicious occurrences.This is a gripping, fast paced book and if you like Jack Reacher you will certainly enjoy the story You can, of course, read it as a stand alone even if you haven t read any others in the series It will be quite easy to follow The writing is direct without a lot of unnecessary embellishment kind of rugged like the character and this is not a criticism it really enhances the story I look forward to another Jack Reacher adventure soon.Thanks to Lee Child and Random House Publishing Group Ballantine through Netgalley for an advance copy flag 17 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jul 31, 2018 Michael rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves fiction, mystery, new hampshire, netgalley Our itinerate hero Jack Reacher is headed from Maine to San Diego and decides to make a visit to Laconia, New Hampshire, where he heard his father grew up Before he died, he never did share with Jack much about his childhood beyond the fact that he ran away from home and joined the Marines in World War 2 All he remembers is him talking his father Stan having a position with a tin plant of some kind While Jack explores family history in town, we are treated to the misadventures of a poor, youn Our itinerate hero Jack Reacher is headed from Maine to San Diego and decides to make a visit to Laconia, New Hampshire, where he heard his father grew up Before he died, he never did share with Jack much about his childhood beyond the fact that he ran away from home and joined the Marines in World War 2 All he remembers is him talking his father Stan having a position with a tin plant of some kind While Jack explores family history in town, we are treated to the misadventures of a poor, young married couple on the way from Canada to Boston who end up stuck at a strange motel in the woods near Laconia Their story interleaves with Jack s until a point of convergence near the end.It takes him a long time and creative work for him to get past the first roadblock of no birth, tax, or property records for the family We watch Jack do what he does best, chatting up people in different walks of life, for clues to a mystery, in this case his own family Someone remembers a Reacher kid who was a birdwatcher and actually lived out of town in an area near the tin factory which no longer exists Exploring the orchard where the settlement was turns up some ornery people, and asking about why reveals resentment and bad blood over possible water pollution by the plant Around town he intervenes in a situation of personal injustice, his typical Good Samaritan role which blows up into a line of violent interludes The scenario of him fist fighting several opponents at once with a technical blow by blow account is a guilty pleasure for me and something one expects from past volumes in this series Despite progress and diversions into violence, the possibly nefarious secrets about his father s and grandfather s past remain resistant until the very last pages.All that I can say about the couple from Canada is that they are being held against their will and that their strategies to figure out their situation and try to escape bears a lot of similarity to Jack s style of problem solving That includes quiet courage, thinking through the smallest inconsistencies in what they are told, and the willingness to take bold but thoughtful action when the right opportunity presents itself Their teamwork was often pleasurable than Jack s escapades And eventually, as we know must happen somehow, they find Jack on their side when it really counts Giving this couple so much air time was a nice new wrinkle this entry in a series that never fails to satisfy me.This book was provided by the published for review through the Netgalley program flag 19 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Sep 07, 2018 Chris C A Midlife Wife rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves cop fiction, crime, dark, penguin group, reviews, suspense, thriller, triggers Unique and inventive Great story Being that I m coming in fresh on a long running series, I had a little bit to learn about Jack Reacher What I have gathered here is that he is one person you do not want on the wrong side of you.With a history of military and military police, Jack finds himself in a predicament as he begins his journey from Maine to San Diego I love his theoretical mind and how he s able to think his way out of problems and issues Almost like fore Unique and inventive Great story Being that I m coming in fresh on a long running series, I had a little bit to learn about Jack Reacher What I have gathered here is that he is one person you do not want on the wrong side of you.With a history of military and military police, Jack finds himself in a predicament as he begins his journey from Maine to San Diego I love his theoretical mind and how he s able to think his way out of problems and issues Almost like foreseeing the future.I also love that he s not a young kid trying to figure things out He s middle aged and has a few miles behind him A big guy smart, yet soft spoken in many ways A very likable guy.This thriller starts off in an placid way We get bits and pieces of multiple story lines stemming from the fact that Jack stumbled upon an area where he knew his family lived 75 years ago But the research showed that to be untrue His father and grandfather were not found in the census records.That starts a journey that takes the story in multiple directions and intertwining throughout the other story lines throughout the book With each page you turn, you can just feel notching up, the key up in the story knowing that something is going to happen but not sure what.In a few places I got a sense of what could be happening And then in other areas I was confused I had no idea what the author was thinking Then a shocking revelation that brought the story to a new height.I have to say I love the way this author writes his story Short, concise sentences along with small sections within longer chapters make the story interesting and flow easily You get the sense of urgency and trepidation that heightened interest within the thrill of the story.Past Tense is loaded with chills and thrills, action, twists, inventive plots, and a shocking revelation that might make you sick to your stomach And it is so worth the read I was captured with Child s ability to write with huge impact and attention to minute detail.While I was a virgin in the Lee Child collection of the Jack Reacher series, I can let you know right now this is not my last book by this author Past Tense was everything I hoped for in a fabulous thriller and so much Looking forward to my Reacher series journey copy received for review considerationFull Review flag 16 likesLike see review Jul 15, 2018 Pamela rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves suspense First and foremost, my thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for the ARC of PAST TENSE Mr Child has written another suspenseful Reacher installment Per his wrting style, the exposition is methodical However, in PAST TENSE the build up is slower than usual due to the lengthy, picayune details The reader can guess where this first storyline is headed early on and the albeit slow and steady build up piques the reader s curiosity and tickles the spidey sense, which builds up the susp First and foremost, my thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for the ARC of PAST TENSE Mr Child has written another suspenseful Reacher installment Per his wrting style, the exposition is methodical However, in PAST TENSE the build up is slower than usual due to the lengthy, picayune details The reader can guess where this first storyline is headed early on and the albeit slow and steady build up piques the reader s curiosity and tickles the spidey sense, which builds up the suspense Reacher comes into play in a secondary story line, which is quite unique and interesting, involving his heritage via his father s backstory There are a few surprises as he makes new discoveries about his family s past generations Thus the title PAST TENSE Reacher s familial quest is well developed, intriguing, and cleverly executed The pace is picking up somewhat as there is a bit action The two divergent storylines converge in trademark Reacher style heart stopping and electrifying accentuated with explosive deadly force However, that Reacher style does not culminate until the 75% mark in the book Although PAST TENSE does not have much action or thrills chills until the last quarter of the book, it is worth the wait and the slow burn ended up being than satisfying Reacher s character doesn t grow and mature in this installment, yet it stays true to form help the helpless, cut through the red tape of bureaucracy, say good bye and move on I will be looking forward to his next adventure somewhere in between his present locale of New Hampshire and his San Diego destination He always seems to find trouble, or vice versa trouble finds him flag 15 likesLike see review View all 9 comments Dec 02, 2018 Skip rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves thriller, series in progress Two mostly unrelated stories, based in Laconia, NH, that converge about three quarters of the way through to me in a seemingly forced manner One is slightly interesting, the other an overused and completely predictable trope Jack Reacher is hitchhiking from Maine to San Diego, and decides to go through Laconia, his father s birthplace to examine his roots Very little can be found in the public records, except that it seems that Stan s predilection for justice was passed on to son, Jack Jack Two mostly unrelated stories, based in Laconia, NH, that converge about three quarters of the way through to me in a seemingly forced manner One is slightly interesting, the other an overused and completely predictable trope Jack Reacher is hitchhiking from Maine to San Diego, and decides to go through Laconia, his father s birthplace to examine his roots Very little can be found in the public records, except that it seems that Stan s predilection for justice was passed on to son, Jack Jack s traipsing around the public records office and the oldest members of the local community is a bore He visits various public records offices, and gets a lot of help from the locals when dad Stan Reacher doesn t show up right away in the town s 80 year old census records At the same time, a young Canadian couple on its way to NYC has car trouble, and ends up at a remote motel They are marooned, because the weird motel owners are not helpful, using a litany of excuses Eventually, the couple finds themselves imprisoned, because the motel owners have secret, nefarious plans for them The couple was about the interesting part of the book In the final quarter, the pace finally accelerates from a crawl, making the book okay flag 15 likesLike see review View 2 comments Aug 04, 2018 Joanne Harris added it review of another edition I received this as an ARC from the publisher, who is well aware that I ve read every Lee Child book as a proof since the first one, twenty years ago Some are better than others in my view, and I think this is one of the best It has the pleasing simplicity of the early Reacher books the uncluttered landscapes, the quirky perspectives and unlike some of the author s later books, which try to vary the formula by relocating Reacher to Europe, or going back too far in time, this one hits the ma I received this as an ARC from the publisher, who is well aware that I ve read every Lee Child book as a proof since the first one, twenty years ago Some are better than others in my view, and I think this is one of the best It has the pleasing simplicity of the early Reacher books the uncluttered landscapes, the quirky perspectives and unlike some of the author s later books, which try to vary the formula by relocating Reacher to Europe, or going back too far in time, this one hits the mark perfectly The tension is beautifully handled throughout there are no intrusive sub plots the writing is clean and characteristically graphic This is Lee Child back on form and all the enjoyable for that flag 15 likesLike see review June Miller Seriously One of the best Jan 28, 2019 07 10PM Dec 12, 2018 Sandy rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves crime, series, suspense, tackling mt tbr 3.5 stars flag 14 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Play Book Tag Past Tense by Lee Child 3.5 stars 2 9 Jan 29, 2019 02 28PM Simplistic charachters like Reacher 2 14 Jan 29, 2019 11 39AM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed Lee spends his spare time reading, listening to music, and watching the Yankees, Aston Villa, or Marseilles soccer He is married with a grown up daughter He is tall and slim, despite an appalling diet and a refusal to exercise Other books in the series Jack Reacher 1 10 of 24 books Books by Lee Child More Trivia About Past Tense Jack 6 trivia questions More quizzes trivia Quotes from Past Tense and watched the truck squeal away, each tire insisting the other three were wrong 1 likes That kid was every kind of bully 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    • Past Tense BY Lee Child
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